June 29, 2012
DA Rice Announces Conviction in Brutal Triple Murder
Dario Ormejuste faces life in prison for killing his mother, father, and brother
MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that Dario Ormejuste has been convicted by a jury of the intentional murders of his mother, father, and brother.
It took a jury two days to convict Ormejuste, 25 of Elmont, of one count of Murder in the First Degree, three counts of Murder in the Second Degree, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. He faces life in prison at his July 25th sentencing.
Rice said that on June 21, 2010, the defendant shot his brother, Guerby Ormejuste, 30, a New York City corrections officer, 10 times in the back and head at the Elmont home they shared. He then shot and killed his mother, Rose Ormejuste, 65, a nursing home healthcare aide. When his father, Bob Ormejuste, a 65 year-old maintenance worker, returned home from work, he shot him twice in the head and once in the neck. The defendant placed his mother’s body in the trunk of his brother’s car, and abandoned the vehicle on a residential street in Brooklyn.
On July 23, 2010, a family member who went to the home to check on Guerby Ormejuste, who had not reported to work in two days, became suspicious when he heard loud music coming from upstairs. When no one answered the door, the family member called the Nassau County Police Department which responded, entered the home, and discovered the bodies of Guerby and Bob Ormejuste covered in sheets with bleach-soaked towels near the doors.
Police exited the home and called for backup. Dario Ormejuste, who was upstairs in the home, came outside smoking a cigarette and was arrested following a brief struggle. New York City police officers discovered the body of Rose Ormajuste in the trunk of Guerby Ormejuste’s car on July 6, 2010, which was abandoned on a residential street in Brooklyn. Residents reported foul smells emanating from the vehicle and what were later discovered to be bodily fluids dripping from the trunk. Witnesses saw the defendant driving Guerby Ormejuste’s car at the scene at approximately 3:00 PM on the date of the incident.
Police identified the murder weapon as a gun owned by Guerby Ormejuste which was discovered in the defendant’s bedroom. Boots with the victims’ blood on them, and the defendant’s DNA in them, were also found at the scene.
The jury rejected the defense’s claims that others committed the murders and that the defendant was unaware of the bodies of his family members in his home.
“While nothing will bring these innocent victims back, today’s verdict ensures that this killer who brutally shot his closest family members will spend the rest of his life in prison,” Rice said. “I am grateful for the outstanding policework of the Nassau County and New York City Police Departments that helped bring this murderer to justice.”
Assistant District Attorney Michael Walsh prosecuted the case. The defendant is represented by Dana Grossblatt, Esq.